Kids and Opera
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I remeber that some many years ago when i was a little girl and Romania was a comunist country, i experienced the most great things of my life.
Even the adults were living a drama in a poor country with a sever regim, "we" the kids we created our own perfect world. We didnt had many toys ,we didnt had cartoons, sweets or other things...so we just hang out and invented our own games, we even invented our own devices to see bulgarian tv shows, that were same like ours...but were diffrent. We just paint and draw creat some crappy things saying its art...we just swimm and make our own competition we had even awards for no.1,2 and 3.
It was pretty cool, we were rideing our gparents horses, climbing in trees and eat fruits. Haveing our own poetry contest, many were invented by us, were silly rhymes.
Besisdes all the cool wild life that we were lived our gparents showed us many form of beauty
in a place that was not so good.
Every friday night we were comeing in the capital to attend Opera shows, it was great people were wearing fancy old clothes, were smiling and enjoying something that was so Great.
The music was haveing a touching sound, and was makeing the story even great; i remember when i was 5 years old i didnt even understood what was all about, but i was enjoying to observe people from balcony
see their reaction and how they were smiling and touching their hands. Were many faces in just one place, and it was amazing.
Back in our days i took my daughter to Opera few months ago for the first time. i was a little worried cos kids of this times are a little wild and all the time full with energy.
The first data on opera performance in the Romanian Principalities came from 1772, when Livio Cinti and his “opera singers” performed in Bucharest, in a tour.
The most talented and corageous from them left the country and some became international celebrities: Euphrosyna Vlasto would have been cheered as “La Marcollini”; Elena Teodorini, Grigore Gabrielescu, Dimitrie Popovici-Bayreuth, Giovanni Dimitrescu, Margareta Iamandi-Nuovina, Zina de Nori were extremely appreciated at La Scala from Milan, Metropolitan from New York, the opera houses in Sankt Petersburg, Bayreuth or Rio de Janeiro.
The most proeminent soprano of that time was Haricleea Hartulary, who Saint-Saens called Darclee. She was the one who gave birth for the first time to Floria Tosca from Puccini’s opera Tosca, which was composed especially for her. Darclee was a close friend of Leoncavallo and she was the understudy of Adelina Patti for Marguerite from Gounod’s Faust.
The director, composer and canto professor George Stephanescu, graduate of the Bucharest and Paris Conservatories, used all his energy to found the company “Romanian Opera”. The launching of the Bucharest lyrical troup at may 8, 1885, with Donizetti’s opera Linda di Chamonix sang in romanian was a memorable event.
The variety of the repertoire prove his and the other promoters’ artistical ambitions.
Besides the encouraging press critiques, there was the presence of many foreign guests on the Bucharest stage like : Adelina Patti, Mattia Battistini, Titto Ruffo, Gemma Bellincioni, Luiza Tetrazzini, Leo Slezak, Ernest van Dyck, Pauline Lucca, Bel Sorel, Alessandro Bonci, Yvonne de Tréville or the conductor Felix von Weingartner.
Very soon, Bucharest could have, proudly, a very active cultural life as far as opera is regarded. Even after the subventions from the state have been cut for economical reasons, the performances went on in difficult times, as the refugee period in Iasi during the World War II.
Step by step,the authorities got convinced by the value the Romanian troup proved, to publically sustain it. The poet Octavian Goga, the Ministry of Arts and Culture at that time, got involved in settlement of the status of Opera, that has already been existing as an association of artists, managed by Ion Nonna Otescu, under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Maria. In 1921, the company finally got the funds to become a state institution, The Romanian Opera. The inaugural performance was a very lush Lohengrin staged by Adalbert Markowski and conducted by George Enescu.
From 1921 Opera saw many artists and made many people happy.
I can say Opera is part of my childhood and i remember all that old shows made me see life in a diffrent way, and now that i have kids on my own i try to teach them that some things in life are the greatest, and Opera is one of theat magic things.